For ardent action figure buffs looking to add a truly colossal centerpiece to their collections, the Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-size Vintage Monument should fit the bill. Visitors to Hot Toys’ flagship Tokyo retail store, Toy Sapiens, (nestled the bustling Harajuku district) can take advantage of the unique opportunity to get a first-hand and up close look at the jaw-dropping level of authenticity that this massive collectible delivers.
Inspired by the classic, 3 ¾-inch Kenner action figures originally released back in 1977, the Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-size Vintage Monument stands a whopping 6 feet tall. Gentle Giant’s creative team reportedly used digital scans of a mint condition figure to ensure maximum fidelity to the form factor of the original toy. Checking out the Stormtrooper from top to bottom affirms that the vintage aesthetic has been faithfully captured. From the distinctive molded contours of the helmet, torso, and utility belt to the lustrous black and white finish, the iconic figure has been brought to life in impressive 1:1-scale. Another nod to Kenner’s classic Stormtrooper action figure is the addition of a wieldable blaster rifle, which unlike the diminutive original, should be a bit harder to lose.
Not surprisingly, buying the Gentle Giant Star Wars Stormtrooper Life-size Vintage Monument will set prospective collectors back several thousand dollars (USD). Regardless of the price, Star Wars fans in Tokyo intent on getting a look at Gentle Giant’s awesome creation should be sure to visit Toy Sapiens to see it along with all of the other craveable collectibles that the Hot Toys store has on display.